Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he hopes Ryan Johansen takes his recent benching in stride but noted "I' don't really care' if Johansen was unhappy playing in the AHL.
Johansen was a healthy scratch for Springfield during Game 4 of the AHL playoffs and coach Brad Larsen said he didn't feel like Johansen's level of play was where it needed to be. "I think this is probably going to be a disappointment [to him], to say the least, maybe even a bit embarrassing," said Kekalainen, who also noted the fourth overall pick in 2010 will have to earn an NHL spot in training camp next fall. Johansen played in 40 NHL games this season, scoring five goals and 12 points.
Ryan Johansen spent Game 4 of the AHL playoffs as a healthy scratch for Springfield.
He recorded one assist and a minus-8 rating in the first three games of the series in what ended up as a second-round sweep for Syracuse. "I just felt like his level of play wasn't where it needed to be," coach Brad Larsen said. "We talked after Game 2, and I tried to ramp him up. In Game 3, we just felt like he wasn't all there, like he wasn't invested 100 percent." He didn't require permission from the team's brass to scratch Johansen, but they understood and supported his decision. Johansen played better defensively down the stretch for the Blue Jackets, but he recorded just 12 points in 40 games.
Ryan Murray is ahead of schedule after undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-January.
The Blue Jackets first round pick and second overall in the 2012 Draft, is in good shape to be ready for the Blue Jackets development camp in the summer. This is great news for the Blue Jackets as they hope Murray will crack their lineup out of training camp although he may need more time as he missed most of last season.
Boone Jenner has been making a good impression with Springfield of the AHL.
"To me, he's an improved player from what I saw at the end of last season (five games)," coach Brad Larsen said. "And I liked what I saw last year. He's just grown a lot. He's a confidence player, a big strong player. His speed has improved, and that's the No. 1 thing I've recognized. He's not lightning-fast. He'll never be that guy. But he's such a hard worker, and he's got enough speed to be where he needs to be." Jenner has two goals and an assist in six playoff games. He was a stud with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL this season as he had 45 goals and 82 points in 57 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky is looking to sign a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bobrovsky is coming off his best season to date and is the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie. "A new deal could be done this week, or it could be done in August," club president John Davidson said. "You just don't know with these things, but there's a deal to be made there, and it'll get done. We have an affinity for Bob, and Bob likes Columbus." Bobrovsky was outstanding this season as he led the Blue Jackets to the verge of the playoffs after everyone thought they would be the worst team in the NHL. He was 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
Marian Gaborik had successful abdominal surgery Thursday.
He will require 3-4 weeks to heal and is expected to spend most of that time in Columbus. Gaborik should be OK in time for training camp after he had a "mesh patch," that was put in place during a sports hernia procedure he had in 2001, adjusted.